Retro Bike Tour – Prague from a new perspective
August 13, 2018
Prague is a truly diverse city and it allows for various ways of experiencing the local vibe. One option is to dive right in the city center and walk through the busy streets, another is to observe the bustling heart from a bird’s-eye view, offered by the hills surrounding the center. Beginning in the picturesque district of the Letná neighbourhood, our new Retro Bike Tour presents some of the best views of Prague, that will give you a whole new perspective of the city.
Be active, stay cool
The tour is designed for everyone who wants to experience some action during their travels and stay on the move. There is no need to worry about your physical condition, the route has been carefully planned to avoid any steep hills or heavy traffic. Everyone will enjoy the relaxed ride on top of a wide plateau that offers two beautiful public parks, a picturesque neighbourhood, and a load of magnificent views of the city center. What is more, the expedition is conducted on super cool bikes made during the communist era in Czechoslovakia. Our guides are very passionate about these vehicles and they are more than willing to provide additional information about the bike industry for anyone interested.
→ It’s not just a bike tour – it’s a RETRO Bike Tour!
What’s up there to see
A former vineyard, Letná is today an extensive residential area, untouched by mass tourism and yet abounding with spots that will leave you breathless. So don’t hesitate, grab your camera, and let’s hit the road!
We will explore the renown Letná Park (Letenské Sady), take a picture in front of the magnificent panorama of Prague’s city center, and enjoy a cold refreshment in the largest beer garden in the city. After that, we will take you into the heart of the park – the Prague Metronome. From a former seat of a large Stalin monument, this place has gradually evolved into a hipster spot dominated by Czech youngsters. What follows is a ride through the villa district of Bubeneč, one of the most expensive areas of the city. The last stop is at the beginning of Prague’s largest public park Stromovka. For a full itinerary, see the details on the webpage of the tour.
→ The last stop of the tour takes you to a vista overlooking the extensive Stromovka park
Prague on a bike
Bicycles are no longer perceived as something you used to play with as a kid. Riding a bike is both entertaining and practical, healthy and cool, and environmentally friendly. Nowadays, a lot of European cities are encouraging its inhabitants to exchange the noisy, polluting, and expensive cars for bikes as a means of transportation. This is especially popular in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium or Denmark, where the city center of large cities is completely dominated by bike traffic. Biking can be difficult in Prague with is hilly landscape yet cycling is becoming more and more popular.
Before you hop on
Apart from fun, sightseeing and some history, our Bike Tour will provide you with the basic info about traffic rules regarding bikes in Prague. If you are new to Prague or never tried riding a bike in a larger city before, this tour might serve as a safe first step into this activity that you will fall in love with. If you, nevertheless, decide to try this on your own, there is a couple of things you should know before you set out:
- When you are on a bike, you are considered a vehicle and must obey the same rules that apply to cars. When you are walking next to the bike, you are a pedestrian.
- There is a zero tolerance for alcohol and riding in the Czech Republic. You probably won’t get into much trouble if you refresh yourself with one beer during a ride, but make sure you are not completely wasted before you hop on.
- There are some cycling routes throughout Prague that you can easily take advantage of (see a map of these routes by Prahou na kole). However, you won’t find many of these directly in the city center. In such cases, try to use roads rather than sidewalks and always be considerate of pedestrians. Avoid crowded places, the Old Town is better on foot anyway.
- Whenever you change directions, indicate it with your arm. A small gesture goes a long way in this case.
- You can take your bike on the metro, but you should try to avoid busy hours. The same applies for trains (with an additional price) and trams with the exception of working days between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
→ Some members of the Prague Urban Adventures team use bikes in Prague on a daily basis
Where to get a bike
You should know that having your own bike is NOT a necessary precondition to enjoy a ride in Prague. Apart from numerous bike rentals, there is also a popular bike-sharing platform called Rekola. You will recognize these immediately – who else would own a pink retro bike? The easiest way to get a hold of one of these is to download their app, register your new account, get a lock code, find a nearby bike (all of the available bikes are shown on the map in the app), and hop on! You can rent up to 4 bikes with one account, so don’t hesitate to take your whole family on a trip.
Tips for trips
From short rides to one-day trips, Prague and its surroundings offer a whole range of possibilities. You might test your skills on a picturesque cycling route A2 in Prague’s Modřany, leading all the way to Vrané nad Vltavou. Another option is the extensive forest area of Divoká Šárka in Prague 6. You will also find a nice cycling route at the beginning of the Stromovka park that will take you along the river to Klecánky. If you feel ready for a longer trip, try to reach the Karlštejn Castle located in the Central Bohemian Region; in case you don’t have enough energy for the way back, you can always return by train.
August 13, 2018